With the release of upcoming tennis movies Battle of the Sexes and Bjorg McEnroe we thought it appropriate to reminisce on the long list of acclaimed movies the sport has inspired.
What’s that? All of them stink. No, surely not. There’s *scrolls through IMDB* 2004’s Wimbledon. Yeah, that stunk. 2009’s Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach. Stinks. 2014’s Break Point. Stinks. Woody Allen’s 2005 Match Point? I guess, but was there any actually tennis in that movie?
Okay, change of plans. Lets do a Friday Five deep dive into the magnificently glorious ‘Championship Point’ scene from Wimbledon:
The slow zoom gets me every time. Every. Time. Also now I can’t stop picturing Rafael Nadal saying “Punto de campeonato” to himself super-seriously on the final point of this year’s US Open.
C’mon, Paul. Who grunts like that? I know there was no YouTube at the time to study some of the pros but c’mon man, turn on a TV. You sound like piranhas are nipping at your feet.
Probably my favourite. This lady means business. Not sure about the outfit, though. Surely The Championships, Wimbledon can do better than a casual green and white button up. Blazers, guys, blazers.
“He’s done it. He has done it. The journeyman has won. A wildcard entry ranked No.119 in the world – now champion at Wimbledon!” Nice, Mac. Totally believable. Your jubilation – so vibrant. But I don’t know about saying “I’d be torching the stadium about now” to millions of people on a live international broadcast.
Two things here:
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